Fixing the internet

The other day I rewatched one of my favorite talks about the internet, a 2015 lecture on algorithmic decisions by Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School titled “Love the processor, hate the process.” Like all his talks, it’s funny, wide-ranging, and hard to summarize. But I think reflecting on it you can see him proposing a few categories of ways to fix what’s gone wrong with the internet:

  • regulation
  • competition
  • public goods and open standards

There’s so much wrong with the current internet and so many ideas floating around on what might be done about it that I find just these simple three buckets helpful in sorting out our choices. The fix, if there is one, will require some of all three.

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